August 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Tierney Thys (1966–)

Zoologist

After studying biology and zoology at Brown and Duke Universities, Dr. Tierney Thys returned to her birth state of California in 1998. Since then she has travelled the world studying giant ocean sunfish (Mola mola). As Research Director of Sea Studios Foundation, she employs innovative media technology to teach science and raise awareness of the ocean as a resource. Thys produces documentaries, leads student expeditions and serves as an underwater explorer for Animal Jam, a National Geographic online children's game. She also develops digital apps to inspire preschoolers to become stewards of the natural world.

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A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math

The August calendar shines a spotlight on four remarkable women who have achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo courtesy of Tierney Thys.